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Developing our Healthy Corner Stores Project in Miami Gardens over this past year has been such an adventure! We are now on the cusp of bringing all our hard work off the drawing board and into action. As we head into year two of the CDC REACH grant, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re heading next.

Much of our work up to this point has involved conducting a food environment survey (shout out to intern Shirbrina for all her har...

Recruitment was a crucial element in the Healthy Corner Stores project. Not only did we have to recruit stores to be a part of our project, but we also had to recruit locations to support the distribution of our survey.

Since the survey is targeted toward residents of Miami Gardens, it was best to contact areas easily accessible to the residents, such as grocery stores, libraries, and health centers.

With a target of 5000 respondents, I was eager to contact as ma...

On a warm September morning in 2019, I joined some members of the food system community in north Florida during the North Florida Crop-Up event hosted by Feeding Florida to discuss ways to get fresh, local produce on dinner tables in our areas. Partners like Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Fresh From Florida and Food Recovery Program, UF-IFAS’s Family Nutrition Program, Red Hills Online Farmers Markets, Frenchtown Farmers Market, Florida Farmers...

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Sector Forward Conference hosted by the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) in Tallahassee. The conference brought nonprofit leaders together to share ideas and strategies for advancing social innovation. Since most of our recent efforts focused on South Florida, I was looking forward to attending the conference and getting the lay of the land for nonprofits here in Tallahassee and the Big Be...

For the past two summers, thanks to the Seeing the World program funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, I have had an opportunity to witness the big, bright smiles on the faces of children receiving a new pair of free glasses, just in time for the start of school. It is such a rewarding experience to watch their excitement, picking out and being fitted with their shiny new pair of specs at their local Summer BreakSpot site. The parents were so appre...

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